Yakub Khan alias Yeda Yakub Mohammed Khan, one of the main accused in the 1993 serial blasts case, died after a brief illness in Karachi, according to the Mumbai Police. However, no security agency has confirmed the development.
Considered an aide of Mumbai blasts mastermind Tiger Memon and fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim, Khan was one of the most wanted terrorists in India and was allegedly provided security by Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).
India had also demanded his custody during high-level talks with Pakistan a few years ago. Khan had fled the country after the blasts.
Though there was no official confirmation on his death from any security agency, sources in the Mumbai Police and the underworld said he died after a brief illness.
Khan, 1993 blasts' investigators said, was one of the members of the core group that carried out the carnage to avenge communal riots in Mumbai in 1993.
“Khan was present in the conspiracy of the blasts in Dubai along with Tiger Memon and others. He was the one who supervised all the important activities of other accused before the blasts,” the police said.
Khan, according to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), had also attended a meeting held by Tiger Memon at his residence in Al Hussaini building, Mahim, on March 9, 1993.
He also played a key role in the distribution of explosives, and provided vehicles for transporting the explosives, arms and ammunition from Raigad to Mumbai and Thane.
The huge consignment of RDX was subsequently stored at a room owned by Yakub’s brother Majid Wali Mohammad Khan of MK Builders, who was also an accused in the case.